Here’s How Halton is Protecting Local Drinking Water
The Halton Region is taking steps in efforts to protect local drinking water.
On March 27, 2019, Halton Regional council passed a motion to support and endorse Bill 71 - also known as the Paris Galt Moraine Conservation Act, 2019.
The moraine provides a drinking water source to several municipalities, including Halton.
The purpose of this bill, as noted in a recent press release, is to improve policies and measures in order to protect the moraine.
Bill 71 was first introduced by Mike Schreiner, MPP Guelph, back in February of this year as a private member’s bill in the legislative assembly of Ontario. And council’s recent decision to support this bill is one that Halton Regional Chair, Gary Carr, is pleased with.
“On behalf of Halton Regional Council, I am pleased to support this bill that aims to safeguard source water for many of our residents in Halton and surrounding municipalities,” Carr said in the release. “With Halton’s local municipalities designated as urban growth centres in the Province’s Growth Plan, it is crucial that we support measures to protect the natural environment so that we can continue to provide essential services such as clean, safe drinking water today and for future generations.”
Furthermore, if passed, the bill, as noted in the release, would modify the province’s Planning Act and Development Charges Act to fashion stricter regulations pertaining to development in areas that could potentially threaten the moraine.
Halton Hills Mayor Rick Bonnette also weighed in on council’s decision to support and endorse this bill.
“I am very pleased that my colleagues at Halton Region unanimously supported my motion to support Bill 71, the Paris Galt Moraine Conservation Act,” Bonnette said. “Thanks to this cooperation among many partners, this bill can go a long way to protect our water quality and natural systems.”
Bill 71 would also permit a conservation plan to provide a policy framework to protect critical ecological and hydrological features of the area.
For more information about this bill, click here.